Operating When Bands Are Poor
Wow! That last solar flare was something. Two tools I use when bands are poor. 1. NetLogger 2. Online SDR's. I've talked to many Hams about this, so I thought it's time to put it in writing and do a video. I operate on a net every morning and one of the best tools you can use is NetLogger if you like nets. It lets you know who is on and where you are on the checkin list. The second tool is online SDR's. It's possible to use two simultaneously.
We haven't been using NetLogger on the Breakfast Club Net for very long, but it's gaining traction in the club. Many other nets use it, so if you're looking for some more operating opportunities, check it out.
The download link is here, and its an easy installation. I like that it works on Windows, Mac and Linux. In the video I'm using my new Mac Mini with the M1 processor. Very fast!
If you can't hear net control on the radio in front of you, try an online SDR. The net controls use online SDR's a lot and so do Hams looking for the net control operator, hi hi.
These are great tools. You can find them in just about every area in the US. I use the Utah SDR and another one in Pennsylvania that I just started using. See links below.
There are many, so tell me what is your favorite? Comment below. It'll be helpful for me and many other Hams.
It started out short, but grew to 20 minutes long. I think it'll be useful for those who haven't used these tools, but especially useful to those just getting started in Ham Radio.
I want to thank Delores, KDØCIV for the idea to make a video on this.
What SDR's do you use?
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